The Dole Mansion needs you NOW more than ever!

To survive through our current ‘bare-bones operations’ for the rest this year 2020 and into 2021, The Dole needs to raise over $500,000 to maintain the historic building and pay the mortgage while retaining a skeleton staff.  We have raised $154,000 as of 7/10/20 and we need the community’s help.

It’s that simple. If we don’t raise the money, over 40 years of Lakeside Festival traditions will cease to exist and what the community has built will no longer be. The Dole Mansion needs you NOW more than ever!

It is unthinkable to see the end of The Dole, the annual Lakeside Festival, no community art shows such as those for District 155 or District 47 schools, no live music concerts outdoors or in ‘the Listening Room’, no 4th Fridays Art Event, no culinary kitchen gatherings and the end of continuing education from The Dole.



Save The Dole 1.0 – 2002

Raised: 1 million in 42 days

Short Term Plan: No condos

Immediate Save:

  • Historical Dole Mansion
  • Lakeside Festival

Future Goal: Unknown

  • $500,000
  • $450,000
  • $400,000
  • $350,000
  • $300,000
  • $250,000
  • $200,000
  • $150,000
  • $100,000
  • $50,000
  • $0

We have raised $242,429 as of 10/16/20

Save The Dole 2.0 – 2020

Need to Raise: $500,000 by 12/31/20

Short Term Plan: Staying alive now to continue serving our community post COVID-19.

A New Day at The Dole

Immediate Save:

  • The Dole Mansion
  • ‘the Listening Room’
  • Lakeside Festival
  • Annual Gala
  • Community & School Shows
  • Winterfest
  • 4th Fridays Art Event
  • Culinary Classes
  • Mansion Tours


Future Plan:

  • Expand Adult & Youth Educational Programs
  • More Live Music in ‘the Listening Room’ & Outside
  • Renovate The Dole Mansion
  • Dance Parties
  • Community Garden
  • Expand Culinary Classes
  • Third Space and Co-Working Space


THANK YOU for supporting The Dole.